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A history of time travel fiction

Time travel fiction takes many forms, we list ten of the genre's most important works

By Jeremy Gordon  

In his Prospect article “The rise of time machine fiction,” Sam Sacks identified that “once a sci-fi plot conceit, time travel fiction has become among the most popular structural devices in contemporary fiction.” There is a distinction to be made between time travel fiction, where there is a physical device such as a time machine involved, and the “time machine fiction” that Sacks discusses. In the latter, time travel—in many different…

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